Fisher enjoys strong first month with Reds
Former Lewis-Clark State College pitcher Carlos Fisher enjoyed a solid first month in the Major Leagues with the Cincinnati Reds, posting a victory and a 3.38 earned run average in nine appearances as of June 22
Fisher made his MLB debut on May 24 against the Cleveland Indians in interleague play and make it an even more memorable night by picking up the win. He pitched one inning and walked one and struck out one.
Since that time, he’s appeared in eight games and has allowed a run in only three contests. Of his nine appearances, six have come on the road and he’s pitched at least one inning eight times.
His longest outing of the year came in his second appearance when he went two innings against Houston on the following night after his debut. Since then he has pitched on back-to-back nights only once, both coming against St. Louis.
Besides the win, his top outing came on June 7 against the Chicago Cubs when he pitched 1.2 innings of hitless ball and struck out four.
So far on the season Fisher has pitched 10.2 innings and allowed nine hits and four runs. He’s also walked nine and struck out 12. Opponents are hitting just .243 against him.
Prior to being called up, Fisher pitched for Louisville in the International League, the Reds’ AAA affiliate. He was 2-0 with a 2.00 ERA and two saves. He appeared in 13 games and pitched 18 innings. He allowed 11 hits, four runs and four walks, but struck out 21. Opponents hit .175 off of him.
Fisher was selected by Cincinnati in the 11th round of the 2005 MLB draft. He started his career with Billings and went 4-4 with a 4.19 ERA and one save. He then moved up to Class A Dayton in 2006 and made 27 starts. He posted a 12-5 record and was fifth in the Midwest League in victories and eighth in earned run average at 2.76. He had a streak of 22.2 consecutive scoreless innings and allowed two or fewer runs in 19 of his 27 starts.
In 2007, he4-1 with a 2.20 ERA for Class A Sarasota before he was promoted to AA Chattanooga, where he finished 5-9, but had three games where he had six-plus shutout innings. Last season, he started out in Chattanooga, but was promoted to Louisville and went 5-0 with a 1.04 ERA, all in relief.
Fisher spent two seasons at LCSC. He posted an 8-1 record with a 2.55 earned run average as a junior and threw a complete game shutout in LCSC’s opening game at the Avista NAIA World Series. He struck out 63 batters in 74 innings and was named the team’s MVP for that season.